NFWF Announces $4.86 Million Now Available for Northern California Forests and Watersheds Grant Program
SAN FRANCISCO (January 8 2019) The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) today announced that $4.86 million will be available in grants to restore watersheds degraded from past wildfire events. This funding is made possible through a partnership NFWF has with the U.S. Forest Service's (USFS) Pacific Southwest Region. In addition the program is proud to announce more than $800000 in new funding this year for targeted fish passage barrier and watershed infrastructure projects on the Klamath National Forest Shasta-Trinity National Forest and Six Rivers National Forest.
"It is very good news that this year we are able to expand our partnership with the Forest Service to not only remove hazardous fuels and restore watersheds after fire but also to fund grants that will remove stream barriers in order to improve watershed and aquatic health," said Jeff Trandahl executive director and CEO of NFWF. "This new funding will add hundreds of miles of currently inaccessible habitat for the benefit of fish and wildlife."
The Eldorado National Forest and Lassen National Forest have partnered with NFWF to restore the watersheds and ecosystems affected by the Power and Storrie fires. The Klamath National Forest Shasta-Trinity National Forest and Six Rivers National Forest have also partnered with NFWF to restore fish passage barriers and watershed infrastructure. Through this program NFWF will invest in projects that:
- Provide sustainable and lasting ecological benefits to watersheds;
- Promote ecological resilience to the forest/watersheds;
- Provide additional efficiency and innovation to improve forest health and;
- Repair critical infrastructure such as trails stream crossings and roads that benefit fish and wildlife.
The USFS and NFWF released the Spring 2019 Request for Proposals today. Further details on the Spring 2019 Request for Proposals and associated public open houses is now available on NFWF's website at www.nfwf.org/norcal.
Funding will be awarded to projects through the Northern California Forests and Watersheds grant program. The program anticipates releasing its second year of grant awards in August 2019 and will continue with subsequent annual award cycles.
The 2004 Power Fire on the Eldorado National Forest burned 14000 acres in the Mokelumne River watershed. The 2000 Storrie Fire on the Lassen National Forest burned 27000 acres in the North Fork Feather River watershed and the Butte Creek watershed along with 25000 acres on the Plumas National Forest. Combined these two fires burned more than 65000 acres of national forest lands and left a significant impact on the landscapes watersheds and ecosystems of the region.
Together the Klamath National Forest Shasta-Trinity National Forest and Six Rivers National Forest National Forest account for more than 5 million acres of National Forest lands which is roughly equivalent to the size of Connecticut and Delaware combined. They are also home to many fish and wildlife species important for local and regional economies. Additionally these three forests have more than 760 miles of river designated in the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System which demonstrates the outstanding natural cultural and recreation values of these watersheds.
About the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Chartered by Congress in 1984 the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) protects and restores the nation's fish wildlife plants and habitats. Working with federal corporate and individual partners NFWF has funded more than 4500 organizations and generated a conservation impact of more than $4.8 billion. Learn more at www.nfwf.org.
About the U.S. Forest Service
The mission of the Forest Service an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture is to sustain the health diversity and productivity of the nation's forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The agency manages 193 million acres of public land provides assistance to state and private landowners and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. Public lands the Forest Service manages contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year through visitor spending alone. Those same lands provide 20 percent of the nation's clean water supply a value estimated at $7.2 billion per year. The agency also has either a direct or indirect role in stewardship of about 80 percent of the 850 million forested acres within the U.S. of which 100 million acres are urban forests where most Americans live.
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